In addition to the good news that Crocs are bad for your health, comes The Truly Terrifying Case of Wearing Flip-Flops in the City.
"Flip-flops are for short walks or to wear by the pool; they’re not meant to be worn all day,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC.
"Exposing the skin to dirt and microbes can lead to infections ranging from athlete’s foot to cellulitis and soft tissue infections."
“The actual flipping of the flop, says podiatrist Dr. Gary Evans, can lead to a severe heel callus, which in turn leads to cracks in the skin, which amounts to a cordial invitation for fungi to make their way into the foot and cause infection.
Physical injury is another major possibility. Flip-flops don’t offer any arch support or cushioning and shock absorption for the feet and legs. Without the support, your foot and toe muscles work extra hard to propel you through the gait cycle. That muscle overuse can yield everything from tendonitis and leg aches and pains to plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon pain, and even long-term shin splints.
Other reasons not to wear flip-flops include:
Becoming more susceptible to bug bites, cancer-causing sun overexposure, and hammertoes. Google "hammertoes" and you'll see what I mean.
The Mistress will not rest until all Crocs and flip-flops have been swept from view.